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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,739) 27th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Coventry City Coventry

Blades snatch points...again

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 27/08/05 2:50pm

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Debutant David Unsworth became an instant hero as his penalty earned all three points for Sheffield United, who overcame Coventry 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Unsworth stepped up with just seconds remaining to smash his spot kick past Stephen Bywater to secure United's second consecutive last-minute league win.

The result was hard on The Sky Blues who more than matched the Championship table-toppers, after taking the lead through James Scowcroft. The former Leicester striker strolled onto a perfect slide-rule pass from Willo Flood before lifting the ball over Paddy Kenny.

However, Coventry's joy lasted only three minutes, and it was the pacy Steve Kabba who dragged The Blades back into the match. Kabba was an eleventh-hour inclusion in Neil Warnock's side after Danny Webber injured himself in the warm-up, but the striker was fully aware as he burst into the area to rifle home an unstoppable finish.

Micky Adams' side were then put under severe pressure when Matt Heath saw red for his second booking of the afternoon 30 minutes from time.

Paul Ifill and Leigh Bromby both tested the visitors' rearguard, before Unsworth finally snatched late glory.

Richard Duffy recklessly felled Alan Quinn inside the area, and the script was written for the former Everton defender to send The Blades to the top of the league.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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